Thursday, June 14, 2007

Speaking of Egos and the Marketplace

Why does ANYONE even care?

After the disaster of Mr & Mrs Smith ... Horrible movie-made money... why would anyone spend the cash and the time to watch her walk through another cardboard movie? Paper dolls went out of fashion decades ago. Hollywood keeps peddling crap... When Hollywood attacks Fox, don't they realize they divide their audience?

Dividing a shrinking audience seems very dumb.... or else its one of those "so-dumb-it's-brilliant" kind of things... I'm just not that smart. Fewer eyeballs and buns-on-seats does not seem wise. I'm old fashioned enough to think that if I am losing customers i must be doing something wrong... Yet, another reason I am not a movie star...

Angelina Jolie's Freedom of Press, on Her Terms

Angelina Jolie's true colors came out Wednesday as she promoted a film about freedom of the press and then tried to censor all her interviews.

Jolie is touting press freedom these days, playing the widow of murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in a new movie called "A Mighty Heart."

But Jolie turns out to be a mighty hypocrite when it comes to her own freedom of the press. Her lawyer required all journalists to sign a contract before talking to her, and Jolie instructed publicists at first to ban FOX News from the red carpet of her premiere.

Ironically, Wednesday night's premiere of the excellent Michael Winterbottom-directed film was meant to support an organization called Reporters Without Borders. Jolie, however, did everything she could to clamp down on the press and control it.

Reporters from most major media outlets balked Wednesday when they were presented with an agreement drawn up by Jolie's Hollywood lawyer Robert Offer. The contract closely dictated the terms of all interviews.

Reporters were asked to agree to "not ask Ms. Jolie any questions regarding her personal relationships. In the event Interviewer does ask Ms. Jolie any questions regarding her personal relationships, Ms. Jolie will have the right to immediately terminate the interview and leave."

The agreement also required that "the interview may only be used to promote the Picture. In no event may Interviewer or Media Outlet be entitled to run all or any portion of the interview in connection with any other story. ... The interview will not be used in a manner that is disparaging, demeaning, or derogatory to Ms. Jolie."

If that wasn't enough, Jolie also requires that if any of these things happen, "the tape of the interview will not be released to Interviewer." Such a violation, the signatory thus agrees, would "cause Jolie irreparable harm" and make it possible for her to sue the interviewer and seek a restraining order.

"Irreparable Harm" She's a public figure who has put herself out to be gawked at... What harm can the press do that she has not/does not do to herself-?

That's what I call it when my kids pull this childish stuff... "Ask the wrong question or say the wrong thing and I'll hang up"... When a multi-millionaire pulls it by way of begging me to watch them pose... I have better things to do... I suggest you do as well...

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